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No "line-in" option in sounds & audio devices

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sheana, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. sheana

    sheana Flightless Bird

    Hi,

    I am trying to use Windows Movie Maker to convert analog cassettes to .mp3
    format. I have WindowsXP, and I need to have the "line in" option enabled in
    "Sounds & Audio Devices", under the audio tab. The only option I have is my
    default sound card...a SoundMax Digital Audio. Can you please tell me how to
    enable the "line in" option? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. smlunatick

    smlunatick Flightless Bird

    On Jul 16, 4:22 pm, "sheana" <she...@nospam.invalid> wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am trying to use Windows Movie Maker to convert analog cassettes to .mp3
    > format. I have WindowsXP, and I need to have the "line in" option enabledin
    > "Sounds & Audio Devices", under the audio tab. The only option I have is my
    > default sound card...a SoundMax Digital Audio. Can you please tell me howto
    > enable the "line in" option? Thanks in advance.


    Line In options is a "feature" of the sound / audio card. Check in
    the SoundMax "Control Panel" icon.
     
  3. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    sheana wrote:
    > I am trying to use Windows Movie Maker to convert analog cassettes
    > to .mp3 format. I have WindowsXP, and I need to have the "line in"
    > option enabled in "Sounds & Audio Devices", under the audio tab.
    > The only option I have is my default sound card...a SoundMax
    > Digital Audio. Can you please tell me how to enable the "line in"
    > option? Thanks in advance.


    Not really a "Windows XP General" question. More of a "How do i use the
    SoundMax Digital Audio Device I have?" query. ;-)

    Have you tried using the SoundMax software?

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  4. Don Phillipson

    Don Phillipson Flightless Bird

    "sheana" <sheana@nospam.invalid> wrote in message
    news:002B2D5A-F4BE-42BA-A7F3-F373DEAC2486@microsoft.com...

    > I am trying to use Windows Movie Maker to convert analog cassettes to .mp3
    > format. I have WindowsXP, and I need to have the "line in" option enabled

    in
    > "Sounds & Audio Devices", under the audio tab. The only option I have is

    my
    > default sound card...a SoundMax Digital Audio. Can you please tell me how

    to
    > enable the "line in" option? Thanks in advance.


    Correctly configured, SoundMax sets up all the inputs and outputs
    your hardware allows -- but it does not necessarily display them
    all simultaneously. You need to look for a / Properties submenu
    (perhaps / Advanced Properties) so as to make your Line In active.
    (NB: using SoundMax under Win98 and WinXP, I found neither
    installation identified correctly all the various inputs (about 8):
    but they were all present, and could be made active or muted,
    however labeled.)

    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
  5. dadiOH

    dadiOH Flightless Bird

    sheana wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am trying to use Windows Movie Maker to convert analog cassettes to
    > .mp3 format. I have WindowsXP, and I need to have the "line in"
    > option enabled in "Sounds & Audio Devices", under the audio tab. The
    > only option I have is my default sound card...a SoundMax Digital
    > Audio. Can you please tell me how to enable the "line in" option?
    > Thanks in advance.


    Windows Volume Control
    Options
    Properties
    Tick "recording" if available, use top drop down box
    selecting audio input if not
    Tick the controls you want
    OK out

    --

    dadiOH
    ____________________________

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    LP/cassette and tips & tricks on this and that.
    Get it at http://mysite.verizon.net/xico
     
  6. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    sheana wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am trying to use Windows Movie Maker to convert analog cassettes to
    > .mp3 format. I have WindowsXP, and I need to have the "line in" option
    > enabled in "Sounds & Audio Devices", under the audio tab. The only
    > option I have is my default sound card...a SoundMax Digital Audio. Can
    > you please tell me how to enable the "line in" option? Thanks in advance.


    I have one of those. When the sound software is installed, there is a
    SoundMax control panel. There should be an icon to start it, in the lower
    right hand corner of your screen.

    http://www.virtual-hideout.net/reviews/ASUS_Striker_Extreme/Test/soundmax.jpg

    Notice in that picture, that "Microphone" has a green dot underneath it.
    That means Microphone is the current input choice. Click the dot underneath
    "Line-In" in the Record section, to make Line-In the input.

    You'll also notice there are two buttons with Line-In in the name, one in
    the "Playback" section, and one in the "Record" section. The one in "Playback"
    should allow you to listen through your computer speakers, as to what is happening.
    The one in the "Record" section, is for recording. Play with both of
    them, until you get the hang of it. The one in Record is the one you want,
    to get this task done.

    *******

    In my copy of Windows Movie Maker, all I see is a "Capture From Video Device"
    option, which also happens to have a sound control inside it. If you don't have
    a video device, then you might not have any options there at all.

    There are other ways to capture sound. You could capture sound to a file, then
    go to Windows Movie Maker and import the sound file there. The Sound Recorder
    is an example of a built-in tool.

    Programs : Accessories : Entertainment : Sound Recorder

    For Sound Recorder, you'll need to use that SoundMax control panel, to
    record from Line-In. Sound Recorder doesn't have its own options for
    selecting an input source.

    The recording time of the Sound Recorder "toy" is 60 seconds by default.
    You can make it longer, but there are tricks.

    http://www.windowskb.com/Uwe/Forum.aspx/windowsxp/275654/Windows-Sound-Recorder

    If you had an actual Video Device, the "Capture From Video Device" in WMM
    may have an option to control the sound input source there. But if you don't
    actually have any video capture device, you might not be able to do it
    that way. For example, I have a WinTV card, which is why I can use
    the "Capture From Video Device" and I can actually see a section of
    the dialog in there, that allows selecting the sound source to record
    with the video. But if you don't have an actual video device, you might
    not be able to get to that dialog.

    (Here, you can see that audio options are presented, when a video capture
    device is present. And in principle, using the audio section here would
    allow a sound recording, and then you could keep just the sound track
    when in WMM.)

    http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/PapaJohn/17/Analog_Capture_Using_Dazzle_DVC_80_files/image002.jpg

    A tool just for recording sounds, but without the foolishness of Sound Recorder,
    is Audacity. But I still find the icons for this intimidating, and the
    interface still isn't as friendly as it should be. You need to go to your
    SoundMax control panel, and click the "Line-In" button in the Record section,
    to control what Audacity records from. (You would do this, *after* Audacity
    starts running, as it may flip the settings on you without warning.)

    Then, if you go to Microphone shaped icon near the top of the Audacity
    window, and right-click on the downward pointing triangle, there is a
    "Start Monitoring" option. If you see the level meter showing a signal there,
    then you know Audacity is ready to record something. Simply click the
    round record button, and the recording will start. When you're finished,
    click the stop icon, and export the output in a format that WMM will accept.
    Then in WMM, you can import your new audio recording, clip off the sections
    you don't want or whatever.

    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    Audacity is a full sound editor, so you should really be able to finish
    all the prep work on a recording in there. Then use WMM just as a
    means to a particular output format.

    One useful function in Audacity, is "Effect : Amplifier : Normalize". What
    that function does, is allows you to boost the audio level in the fils, to
    as high as possible without distortion. But don't abuse that function. If
    the original recording is "too weak" or "down in the noise", the recording
    should be repeated only with better knob adjustments to get a higher original
    recording level. Normalize is convenient, if you wanted to get all the tracks
    at the same relative level for example. You can "Normalize to 0dB",
    which would be pretty loud, or if necessary, Normalize to some lower
    dB value. For example, Normalize to -10dB, gives less volume than 0dB,
    so the scale is a negative going one.

    HTH,
    Paul
     
  7. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    "Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@gmail.com> écrivait news:uzxABuPJLHA.4756
    @TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl:

    > sheana wrote:
    >> I am trying to use Windows Movie Maker to convert analog cassettes
    >> to .mp3 format. I have WindowsXP, and I need to have the "line in"
    >> option enabled in "Sounds & Audio Devices", under the audio tab.
    >> The only option I have is my default sound card...a SoundMax
    >> Digital Audio. Can you please tell me how to enable the "line in"
    >> option? Thanks in advance.

    >
    > Not really a "Windows XP General" question. More of a "How do i use the
    > SoundMax Digital Audio Device I have?" query. ;-)
    >
    > Have you tried using the SoundMax software?
    >


    It can be a Windows question, here's one answer for the OP:

    Double-click on the speaker icon in the taskbar (or Right-click|Open Volume
    control), Menu Options|Properties

    In the Properties dialog box choose Record in the "Adjust volume for"
    section and in the list in the same dialog box, check the line-in option
    and click OK. The Volume control will change to Recording control and the
    line-in slider should appear in the controls.

    To return the Windows mixer in its original state, return to
    Options|Properties and select "Playback"

    I've never used Windows Movie Maker, can you convert sound files with that
    program?

    HTH
     
  8. alanglloyd@aol.com

    alanglloyd@aol.com Flightless Bird

    On Jul 16, 4:22 pm, "sheana" <she...@nospam.invalid> wrote:

    > I am trying to use Windows Movie Maker to convert analog cassettes to .mp3
    > format. I have WindowsXP, and I need to have the "line in" option enabledin
    > "Sounds & Audio Devices", under the audio tab. The only option I have is my
    > default sound card...a SoundMax Digital Audio. Can you please tell me howto
    > enable the "line in" option? Thanks in advance.


    You're dealing with Windows mixers, which are fairly obscure. Sound
    cards generally come with an app which allows mnipulation of the
    mixer.

    If you're recording input, either from audio or video then Total
    Recorder is a first class product, with very good support and upgrade
    policy, also quite reasonable priced. It will record to wave or MP3.

    Alan Lloyd
     
  9. pjp

    pjp Flightless Bird

    Open the "miser" for the sound card, e.g. double click on the volume icon in
    your taskbar. That should bring up a dialog box with the various
    input/output' connections the sound card has. Note - diff cards have
    slightly different options.

    Check under "Recording" controls and indicate it's the Line In you want to
    use. Under "Playback" also select the line in. Note their sense of
    "Use/Don't Use" may be reversed in the two dialogs. That should route line
    in as you want. Use the slider in the sound control dialog to adjust levels
    to more or less 0db, e.g. play a small sample and check recording level in
    same manner might have done with a tape deck years ago.

    Also note (not sure with XP and later) that Recorder comes with Windows is
    very limited. Nopt sure now but at one time would only record a minute at a
    time so might need some other software which I'm sure witrh Google one can
    find for free.

    Also note - on my motherboard's sound card, there's only three connections
    and if I set card to 5.1 speaker setup, the Mic and Line In connections
    become instead additional outputs and there is no mic or Line In options
    available then. Hence I disabled onboard sound and bought another card to
    use instead.
    ..
    "sheana" <sheana@nospam.invalid> wrote in message
    news:002B2D5A-F4BE-42BA-A7F3-F373DEAC2486@microsoft.com...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am trying to use Windows Movie Maker to convert analog cassettes to .mp3
    > format. I have WindowsXP, and I need to have the "line in" option enabled
    > in "Sounds & Audio Devices", under the audio tab. The only option I have
    > is my default sound card...a SoundMax Digital Audio. Can you please tell
    > me how to enable the "line in" option? Thanks in advance.
     

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